full-time JOB AT THE DECC

Ice/Grounds Foreperson


Ice/Grounds Foreperson


FLSA Classification

Type of Position

Type of Employment
Collective Bargaining Agreement

Hourly Wage
Per Union Contract, starts at $21.75
Additional $1.25 per hour certification pay available

Building Maintenance

Reports to
Director of Building Maintenance

Date of Last Revision


The Ice/Grounds Foreperson administers and executes all aspects of ice-making within the DECC complex. They are responsible for maintaining ice-making equipment, scheduling ice times, scheduling personnel, making and maintaining ice, and working with the public, high schools, and colleges. They will make purchasing decisions for the Ice Maintenance Department and lead all aspects of groundskeeping and projects under the direction of the Building Maintenance Director during non-ice season.

Membership in MIAMA.

Shifts vary depending on event.  A person in this position works approximately 40 hours per week. An event driven schedule is required which will include days, evenings, weekends, and occasionally holidays. An average shift is 8 hours per day, and shifts have lasted as long as 14 hours. The DECC cannot always schedule a definite ending time due to the nature of the events, but an estimated time may be provided.

The DECC will provide uniforms as determined by the current labor agreement.

Essential Functions (Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities.)

  • Repair and maintain ice and grounds equipment throughout the year. This includes: zamboni, plow trucks, forklifts, plus additional equipment
  • Keep up to date on ice scheduling and make adjustments to personnel as needed
  • Hire, train, and schedule ice and grounds schedule under the guidance of the Building Maintenance Director. Crew size may fluctuate but 6 – 12 staff members is typical
  • Operate all ice and grounds equipment, ranging from zamboni, forklift, pallet jack, plow truck, lawn mower, etc.
  • Work with clients and the public face-to-face to ensure operations run smoothly
  • Coordinate groundskeeping schedule and work with the crew to maintain a clean and well-manicured campus lawn and parking lot
  • Assist team and/or other departments with tasks, including light cleaning, moving chairs or signage, and other event related functions
  • Monitor inventory and prepare supply orders, based on upcoming event needs
  • Execute outdoor event set up and turnover. This includes setting up and tearing down events within Bayfront Festival Park
  • Create and maintain a professional and hospitable appearance and atmosphere
  • Follow health and safety protocols and ensure staff is also following procedures


  • Ensure a high level of customer service
  • Ability to adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events
  • Ability to resolve problems and manage difficult situations as needed
  • Ability to move quickly throughout the complex when an event(s) is located in multiple areas of the building
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

Supervisory Responsibilities
The Ice/Grounds Foreperson hire, train, and supervise the ice and grounds staff as well as occasionally lead the entirety of the building maintenance department when required. Scheduling and payroll will also be a function of the position.

Work Environment
Some work is performed indoors and outdoors. Environment can range from cold and wet, to hot, humid, and anything in between. Safety gear will be required for tasks such as grinding, drilling, hooking up propane tanks. Exposed to loud noise regularly, including machinery, pep bands, crowds, and lawn equipment. The pace will vary and the Ice/Grounds Foreperson will need to adapt quickly.

Physical Demands
Roughly equal amounts of sitting, standing and walking.  Required to ascend at least 15’ and at times up to 40’ on a ladder or scissors-lift. Climb, crawl and work in awkward or cramped positions. Required to drive Zamboni. Must regularly lift and move objects or loads weighing up to 60 pounds (such as propane tanks or Zamboni tires). This position will require someone that is able to stand on their feet for many hours at a time, moving quickly to different places based on needs.  The Ice/Grounds Foreperson will need to use their hands frequently, and be able to see, hear, and speak often.

Travel Required

Required Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Mechanical experience
  • General computer experience
  • 2+ years supervisory experience
  • Class C Driver’s License

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Ice maintenance certification
  • Forklift experience/certification
  • 2+ years of ice arena supervisory experience

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of reference checks
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Successful completion of a drug test, if applicable

Work Authorization/Security Clearance Requirements
The DECC uses USCIS Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment. On the form, an employee must attest to his or her employment authorization. The employee is required to present the DECC with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization at the time of hire. The DECC will examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s).
The list of acceptable documents can be provided by Human Resources.

Collective Bargaining Agreement
Please refer to the current Hourly Labor agreement between the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 70, AFL-CIO.  The current agreement can be found at www.iuoe70.org

EEO Statement
The DECC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualification and ability. The DECC does not discriminate in employment practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. The DECC will follow any state or local law that provides greater protection. This policy is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. The DECC is committed to taking all other actions necessary to ensure equal employment opportunity for persons with disabilities in accordance with the ADA and all other applicable laws.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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